Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Sept. 11, 2012: Greebly

Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Greebly.

Greebly is priced at $0.99 in Google Play. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Greebly is described as follows:
Save Greebly!

Poor Greebly is running out of juice. You can help by building a path to a power socket.

This unique platform puzzler provides hours of challenging gameplay in which YOU create the world as you go. Turn into a spider and climb walls; become a paratrooper and sky-dive; pick up batteries along the way. But be careful, or you might run out of power before you get there!

  • 24 thought-provoking levels
  • Unique power-ups
  • Intuitive gameplay
  • Original music by Supreme Dictator for Life
Greebly has no rating in Google Play, and a 2.9-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

The app has absolutely no ratings in Google Play; you read that correctly. That is despite the current version being uploaded the Google Play in January of this year.

Meanwhile, the app has only has 15 ratings in Amazon Appstore. We'd pass on this one.

There is a Greebly in the iOS App Store priced at $0.99. It has no ratings as there have not been enough to display any.

This appears to be another app that the developer has probably "offered to Amazon.com" as FAOTD due do desperation. In general, we continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer. We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.

Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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